If you're looking for somewhere sneaky to hide items in plain sight, a tissue box is a great place. A common sight in just about any room of the house, you can stow items inside while the box continues dispensing tissues. I've seen this idea in a few places before but nobody offered a solution on how to open and close the box while maintaining a completely untouched appearance. I've addressed that problem here with an invisible magnetic closure.
Step 1: Materials
-Tissue box of the proper style with hole on top. The ones that drop low down in front are less suitable for this.
-Small rare earth magnets
-Extra cardboard from a cereal box or another tissue box
Step 2: Open Up
The first step is one of the most important. Carefully separate the flaps on one side of the box. Make sure not to damage any of the outside. You are going to want this to look completely untouched. I had success using a serrated knife to cut through the glue holding the flaps together. Once you have the flaps apart, remove the glue as best you can. The magnets will be placed where the glue used to be so that the thickness of the magnets is not visible.
Step 3: Shelf
If using a brand new box of tissues, you will need to remove some. Decide how large you want your storage area to be and remove the appropriate amount of tissues. Cut a piece of another cardboard box to fit inside your box. The easiest way to do this is to use the bottom of your box as an outline for sizing, then make a flap on each side. In the photo you can see the box I took apart already has a usable flap so I kept it and added another one that I marked in pen. After your shelf is cut out, insert it into the tissue box with the flaps facing down. If you face them up it will be much more difficult to secure.
Step 4: Magnet Calibration
Now that your box has some empty storage space inside, you will need to add magnets to close it up neatly. You don't want any fasteners visible on the outside of the box. First you'll need to test your magnets. Use some scrap cardboard from your shelf and place it between 2 of the magnets. Pull the magnets apart. If they are difficult to separate, add another layer of cardboard and try again. Once you find the right number of layers (mine was 3), create a neat stack of cardboard, subtract 1 layer because the tissue box will provide one of the layers, and glue your magnets to the cardboard stack.
Step 5: Add Magnets
The cardboard stack you created is going to go inside the box. Your magnet placement is very important. Make sure you put them where they will not cause the cardboard to bulge out. This is typically in the same places you removed glue from. I used a magnet inside and a magnet outside to find the proper alignment. Once I found the right spot using the magnets outside the box, I glued the inside magnets in place and removed the outside magnets. Once the inside magnets were done, I attached another set to the inside of the flap.
Step 6: Test!
Open and close your magnet snaps to make sure everything is lined up properly and that the normal end of your tissue box looks the same as the end with the magnet closure. If not, you can make adjustments or you could always add the magnets to both ends!
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Third Prize in the
Hiding Places Contest 2017